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Different Ways to Search All the Occurrences of a String in the Entire Project in Android Studio
  • Last Updated : 26 Feb, 2021

When we are building a complex application in Android Studio, then it is always preferable to have a basic idea about the different shortcut keys which are used in Android studio to make your tasks easier. So in whit article, we will take a look at some shortcut keys which we can use to find usages of any string variable in your entire Android Project or in the specific file of the Android Project. We will take a look at three methods to perform this operation. 

Pre Requisites: For performing these methods mentioned in this project, you should be having a project build on your side it may be very easy as well as complex. We will be just taking a look at using these shortcut keys to find our Strings. 

Method 1: Find a string in a specific java class 

For finding the usages of specific string in any java class we will be using the below method to do this task. In this method, we will be finding the usage of string in the class in which we are currently working. For finding the usage of string in a particular class. Select the string by double-clicking on it. After double-clicking on that string press the ctrl+F button to find the usages of this string in the specific java class. You can get to see your string gest highlighted with yellow color. You can get to see the string which is highlighted. 

Shortcut keys for the different operating systems 



Operating System

Shortcut Key

WindowsCtrl+F
Mac OSCmd+F
LinuxCtrl+F

Method 2: Find a string usage in a specific class

To find string usage in a specific class we will be using the below method. To find usage of this string in a specific class. Select your string by double-clicking on it. Click on Edit option > then click on Find option and later on one more time click on find option to see the usages of this string. You will get to see the usages of that string. 

Note: This method is the same for all operating systems.

Method 3: Find a string usage in the whole project

For finding the usages of string in the whole project we will be using the below method. In this method, we will be finding the usage of that variable in our whole project. For finding the usage of the string in the whole project. We have to select the string by double-clicking on it. Right-click on that string and click on the Find Usages option or you can press a shortcut key as Alt+f7 to find the usage of this particular string in your project. You will get to see a screenshot below where we can see the usage of the id of any view in the whole project. 

Shortcut keys for the different operating systems 

Operating System

Shortcut Key

WindowsAlt+f7
Mac OSOption + f7
LinuxAlt + f7

These are the different ways with the help of which we can find the usages of our string in our whole project as well as in a specific file. 

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